Turkey: Press Freedom

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 21st March 2019.

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Photo of Lord Patten Lord Patten Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of media freedom in Turkey; and whether the present position there helps or hinders good Anglo-Turkish relations.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

​We closely follow the situation in Turkey with regard to media freedom and other human rights issues. As a close friend and ally of Turkey we have an open dialogue where we are able to raise issues of concern, including on media freedom. We will continue to engage the Turkish government on these issues and to urge respect for freedom of media, which is essential to the long-term health of Turkish democracy.

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